Saturday, August 13, 2011

Digital Pianos

It's a busy time of the year for many of us...getting ready for the fall start up.  Here in Connecticut we start back up in September, so I've been buying music, working on my incentive program, cleaning the studio - actually rearranging it a bit and putting together lesson plans.  One of the things I've really been looking into to purchase for the studio is a digital piano.  I've been looking around a bit and researching, but thought since so many of you have them, I would ask your advice!

I would love to use it to do recordings as well as orchestrations and as a second piano in the studio.  There are also so many amazing apps out there that work with a digital piano and an ipad that I would love to explore.  So, would you be so kind as to help me out and let me know what your experience has been and what you would suggest I purchase?  Also, if you know of the best place to purchase one, I would love that information as well.

Thank you!


Leah said...

We have a Yamaha Clavinova as a second instrument to our grand at church. It has weighted keys of course and tons of features- I'm not a big Yamaha fan for acoustic pianos, but I really do like the Yamaha Clavinova.
Good luck with your search!

Anne Crosby Gaudet said...

I have a Clavinova in my studio, I always liked the touch and sound. However, I bought mine quite a few years ago (yes, it takes a floppy disk!) Here in Nova Scotia, Best Buy now sells musical instruments, so my husband and I went in to check it out a few weeks ago. I played three or four different digital pianos and I have to say the Korg was at the top of my list (I forget the model). I thought it had the nicest touch and best sound. I also liked the feel and look of the keys. Anyway, just my two cents based on a recent excursion. Have fun shopping!

Rice Ohana: said...

I just purchased a Kawaii CN43 as a second piano for my studio. I have not had the chance to use it very much with my students over the summer, as many are on break, but so far I love it. It has the capabilities to be used with an iPad which makes it fun to play games. It also can record in mp3 (among the regular ways)which makes it quick and easy to record a student's song, save it directly to a USB, then take to the computer and email the song out OR burn a copy. This has been both fun and fantastic. Combine that with computer software to write music and the sky's the limit in composing. It does have weighted-keys and ivory-like feel so it does truly feel like a real piano. It also sounds amazing for a digital in that price range (which is roughly $4000-$6000). My advice would be to go to your local piano store and check out their digital pianos. That's what I did and I spent hours there until I decided on the one I wanted that fit my budget. GOOD LUCK!